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ZiShan T1 Hi-Fi Player Thread

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by IcedFrosty, Jul 27, 2019.
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Is this the best DAP under $100?

  1. Yes

    9 vote(s)
    34.6%
  2. No

    6 vote(s)
    23.1%
  3. Way above the price range!

    2 vote(s)
    7.7%
  4. Could be

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  1. IcedFrosty
    ZiShan T1
    New audio player from ZiShan, featuring;

    - PCM playback up to 32bit/768kHz
    - Native DSD 256
    - Changeable DAC Module (AK4493EQ*2 by default)
    - Rollable Low-Pass Filter*2 (LM4562*2 or NE5532*2 by default)
    - OP275 gain (Soldered)
    - Dual crystal oscillator
    - 3.5mm power output (PO)
    - 2.5mm balance output (BL), no Line Out port
    - 2.2" resistive^ touchscreen display
    - 2 different firmwares, ZiShan official and ROCKBOX firmware (ZiShan official firmware by default)
    - 180 EQ preset, custom equalizer available
    - Sound filter, DSD frequency cutoff and sound quality options are available
    - Sleep timer
    - Type-C USB port
    - USB DAC support (Firmware 0.1 or above required)¹
    - 2TB max. SD Card expansion (FAT32 required)
    - 3.8V 2850mAh (typ. 3000mAh)
    And...
    - Pocketable size at 75mm x 50mm x 20mm

    ^ZiShan stated that T1 uses "Nail operation", which means, it relies on pressure. And resistive display uses mechanical pressure to work with, unlike capacitive which uses sense conductivity. Therefore, I wrote as resistive to date¹.

    Pics:
    ~ Front
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    ~ Side
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    ~ 360 view
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    ~ Playback support
    16-58-04-Hf2023177167d403c9250c95a391753a08.jpg_640x640q90.jpg

    ~ Block diagram
    IMG_20190727_201543.jpg

    ~ Inside
    IMG_20190727_201616.jpg

    ~ About T1
    IMG_20190727_203637.jpg

    ~ User interface
    IMG_20190727_204006.jpg
    (Open links down below to see more information.)

    Links:
    ∆ You can get T1 here on AE:
    AK4493EQ*2:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000040339663.html
    AK4497EQ (new):
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000068532540.html
    ∆ ZiShan site:
    http://zishan.ru/
    ∆ Firmware (updated)¹: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SrSBlfes2eHIm_BhrrhO394FXzVNYP_V?usp=sharing

    Updates:
    ¶ T1 doesn't yet support USB portable media transfer, so you must use SD card to transfer everything.
    ¶ Real photo: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/zishan-t1-hi-fi-player-thread.911795/#post-15091753
    ¶ T1 update manual (English version): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VB...KpjuHoMmpoJMigGft8bDl6-k5wR/view?usp=drivesdk
    ¶ Now support for USB DAC on firmware 0.1 or above¹
    ¶ T1 LPF issue: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/zishan-t1-hi-fi-player-thread.911795/page-4#post-15106821
    ¶ New DAC modules: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/zishan-t1-hi-fi-player-thread.911795/page-5#post-15115241
    https://www.head-fi.org/threads/zishan-t1-hi-fi-player-thread.911795/page-6#post-15116786

    NOTE:
    ¹ can be changed in the future.
    Statements that I wrote above are based from my observations on the link above only. I haven't ordered the unit yet, so there's a lot of possibilities that these statements can be false. So for you guys that already place an order or even already use the unit, please help me by comment down below to correct me if there's any :wink:. Let's buzz this new player.

    God bless.
     
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2019
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  2. gazzington
    I haven't got it but great specs
     
  3. IcedFrosty
    Have you ordered yet? Agree. Great specs indeed, especially for under $100.
     
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2019
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  4. silverfishla
    I ordered it last night, but not sure when it will arrive. Will let you know when I get it...
     
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  5. Merlin-PT
    Subscribed
    I look forward to read about this T1
     
  6. nhumdorn
    Interested.
     
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  7. nhumdorn
    Any Zishan makers availble for answering questions regard to Zishan product?
     
  8. IcedFrosty
    To be honest, I also wanted to get in touch with ZiShan makers (or even owner), but the company seems to be hiding in plain sight, can't find the whereabouts of ZiShan yet. But, I do have in touch with someone that seems to be a "tester" for chi-fi products, such as TRN. He's still testing the T1 and he said that there's still a lot of bugs he found. So there's no need to rush seller and get the T1 early. He also said that there's a module that uses one AK4497EQ. I believe that the battery life in the T1 is even worse than Z3, but this can be false. As always, correct me.
     
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2019
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  9. IcedFrosty
    Screenshot_2019-07-28-12-42-21-779_com.alibaba.aliexpresshd.png

    So I asked AK Audio and they replied that to me. It's a bit sad but I hope they will do.
     
  10. KimChee
    I wish we could see pics with the screen on
     
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  11. IcedFrosty
    Let me ask it to my trusted source. Stand by
     
  12. silverfishla
    Even though I ordered this from the seller who is super “easy”, if you get my drift...he says they are not in yet and he’ll be getting them soon and will ship immediately after. Anyone actually have one shipped yet?
     
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  13. Holypal
    AK4493 is a great choice for low-mid level DAP. Looking forwards to this one.
     
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  14. IcedFrosty
    This is what the T1 display looks like

    Zishan_T1_display.jpg
     
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  15. IcedFrosty
    I know, but it's a bit funny to me that AKM opted the 4493 for a "High end premium" devices, just like in their website. But priced at less than $10. But, it's the implementation makes devices with this kinda chip is much above the DAC chip itself, this is obvious.
     
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